Footnote: The Hinlicky Rule

The Hinlicky Rule

September 25, 2017

Allan Stevo

The Hinlicky Rule was cited on this website in the article on Eating Sweet Potatoes, an article on Why Neo-Nazis March in Slovakia, and in the article on Slovak-Gypsy (Roma) Relations.

The Hinlicky Rule Goes:

“You shall not criticize the position of another…until you can state that position with such accuracy, completeness and sympathy, that the opponent himself declares, ‘Yes, I could not have said it better myself!‘ Then, and only then, may you criticize. For then you are engaging a real alternative and advancing a real argument. Otherwise you shed only heat, not light.”

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